Big Bucks on Astral Plane


At this point, we should probably just ignore Wade, Bron, and Bosh when they're asked about the future. James just messes with reporters, Wade's the good soldier, and Bosh is too polite to regularly let it smolder like he wants. For the record, on intuition and common sense alone, I figure James stays, Wade too but only after JO's replaced with quality, and Bosh might even be traded to Cleveland by next spring.

That said, I was struck by this Marc Spears Durant piece, which includes the following quotes:

"But after coming here and seeing the city, I love Oklahoma. The fans have been with me every night. What more can you ask for?"

"I like the nucleus that we have," he said. "I'm excited. I want to be here as long as possible. It's like family. I love being here. We're going to get better. We can get better.

"Hopefully, we will make the playoffs next season. That's what we're fighting for. We'll have a good chance."

Fine, maybe your standard clap-trap from a young, upbeat athlete not looking to make waves. But unless I'm just really stupid, Durant and Uncle Jeff will be looking for extensions next summer. So it's not like he's talking to thin air here. More importantly, though, is the emphasis on 1) OKC being a viable home for Durant's prime and 2) how impressed he is with the team around him.

The first point relates to both LeBron's supposed predicament, and possibly, the economy. I've written previously that James doesn't need New York or Miami except as lifestyle accessories; and hell, he can Gulfstream it out there whenever he feels like it, or buy a mansion for weekends. The Knicks, even the city itself in these troubled times, need brand LeBron, not vice-versa. And at the same time, he's elevating Cleveland, turning it from the butt of jokes and flaming rivers into the home of King James. Durant has more of an uphill battle in this respect, since despite his college hype he's been all but invisible this season. Still, this can't last much longer, and if next season the recognition comes, and the fans flock, by 2010 OKC might not be a joke any longer.

But more importantly is Durant's conviction, even good-natured shock, and just how brilliantly-engineered this team's future is. Sam Presti is smart. Sure, being surrounded by bikinis and beaches is nice, as would time spent in a national spotlight you don't have to earn. And yet we've seen that the Knicks can tumble into oblivion, even before the economy collapsed. Presti will not mess up when it comes to developing this team and its players. You could say similar things about Pritchard. If team markets are becoming more and more negligible, and the perilous state of all things financial makes the astute GM more precious than ever, how far are we from Presti being what keeps Durant in OKC?

P.S.: Because I am serious about those Amazon recommendations, the current ones: Eros Plus Massacre is the book on Japanese New Wave and such; The Street of Crocodiles an obvious influence on FreeDarko's prose style and worldview; On the Rainbow Road, the cheap way to some essential Southern soul; Sherman's March is my favorite documentary ever, except for maybe his Bright Leaves; The Wizard of Odds is FD itself; All Things Must Fight to Live will change your life.

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At 3/29/2009 3:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LeBron as a local economic Savior? He truly is a god amongst men.

At 3/29/2009 4:06 PM, Blogger bernard snowy said...

Street of Crocodiles is great, but I wholeheartedly recommend the cheaper Penguin Classics volume that brings together all of Schulz's fiction.

At 3/29/2009 4:17 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Wow, I somehow missed that. I read the other stuff as xeroxes/from OOP library books.


At 3/29/2009 7:35 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Lolz on Burt Reynolds being listed as the star of Sherman's March. Is he even in the movie or is it just the lookalike, I don't remember?

At 3/29/2009 11:54 PM, Blogger dooflow said...

Have you seen the Quay Brothers version of "Street of Crocodiles" ?
Also, I strongly recommend Danilo Kis' "Garden, Ashes" it makes a great bookend Schulz. Kind of like reading Camus' "The Fall" right after the Big D's "Crime & Punishment." Also, considering your tastes, you're going to freak out when you read Kis. One more: "Geometric Regional Novel" by Gert Jonke. It doesn't dovetail with Schulz as well, but I first discovered it when I found Kis so they're permanently wed.

At 3/30/2009 7:50 AM, Blogger G Wolf said...

Presti isn't doing it alone. Rob Hennigan is a pretty smart guy, too.

At 3/30/2009 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LBJ is going to stay. I said that on Y!BDL when? At the start of the season, when all this mess started. So I'm with you on that. NY is what LBJ needs the least. And Durantula staying as well, this is like a thought most logic. All the literature that's going on here, I have nothing to say about it. I've been taught Goethe in school, that's where I'm from.

At 6/14/2013 6:13 PM, Blogger Jim Philips said...

I agree with you. just let them be for the moment and we can expect that things to change and they will let us know. I don't know why people at Hostpph community are so tight up about it.


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